GOOD Party leader Patricia De Lille took her election campaign to Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs on Sunday.
She says the focus of their campaign is tackling high water and electricity tariffs. De Lille was speaking at Zeekoevlei Secondary School in Lotus River where she encouraged residents to register to vote.
“The municipalities and the metropolitans are making profit out of our communities because they make a mark up on the price of electricity and water and we say that profiteering must stop because water and lights have become unaffordable. So our campaign is if we get in there we will push.”
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Meanwhile, the African Transformation Movement (ATM) took its election campaign to the rural village of Sithebe outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.
ATM President Vuyolwethu Zungula says government is not doing enough to address issues that continue to haunt the country.
Zungula highlighted gender-based violence, fraud and corruption, unemployment and poverty as the main challenges facing the country.
He says the ATM’s stance is the re-introduction of the death penalty to curb the high rate of gender-based violence in the country.
“We can not have each and every month women are killed left and right in our country to an extent that women are living in fear and they are saying “Am I next?” because there is a culture of killing women in our country and the government does nothing to protect women and children. So each and every person who decides that they are going to kill people they must know that under the ATM government death penalty awaits them.”
Additional reporting by: Nkululeko Nyembezi
Constitutional Court to deliver judgment on the IEC’s reopening of the candidate nomination process
20 September 2021, 6:00 AM
The Constitutional Court will on Monday deliver judgment on whether the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s reopening of the candidate nomination process was lawful.
Following the apex court’s order that Local Government Elections take place by November 1 this year, the IEC reopened the process.
It did this on the basis that the Constitutional Court order of September 3 authorised it to amend the election timetable in accordance with a new proclaimed date.
The IEC contends that allowing voters to register goes hand in hand with them being allowed to vote for candidates of their choice.
The Democratic Alliance has taken issue with the IEC’s decision saying it privileges some parties such as the African National Congress that were unable to get in all their candidates to the IEC by the August 23 deadline.
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It says the decision was meant to help the ANC after it failed to register and submit lists of names of its would-be councillors in over 90 municipalities.
Speaking during the voter registration campaign in Soweto, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says they will abide by the court’s decision.
“The legal arguments we put forward are good and sound and it is up to the Constitutional Court to issue their own judgment and we will respect whatever judgment the ConCourt comes up with. They are the apex court in our country and which all of us signed on our contract with each other that what the Constitutional Court concludes should be respected and accepted. That is what we’re going to do.”
Limpopo expecting smooth LGE registered process on Sunday following protests on Saturday
19 September 2021, 12:31 PM
More than 55 000 people registered for the 2021 local government elections in Limpopo on the first day of the registration weekend.
The Independent Electoral Commission provincial officer, Nkaro Mateta says seven voting stations in Lephalale, Lenyenye and Zebediela did not open due to demarcation issues as well as service delivery protests.
Mateta says they have not received any reports of problems across the voting stations on Sunday.
“More than 50 000 people were processed. In some areas, about seven of our station, things did not go according to the plan, simply because there were several reasons. Some of them are related to the demarcation issues, some of them are related to the candidate nomination issues processes, while others were related to service delivery Today, we’re hoping that 100% of the voting stations will be operational.”
The second leg of voter registration is now under way across the country
Meanwhile, voter registration is progressing well in the City of Tshwane. Executive Mayor, Randall Williams, is visiting voting stations in several regions on Sunday to motivate eligible voters to register for the forthcoming local government elections.
He says if South Africans want change in the country they must ensure that they register to vote in November.
“It’s time for all South Africans committed to a better future to take up your power and be part of this change. But if you are not registered correctly you cannot vote for the change that only the DA can bring or for a government that get things done. In this election every vote will count, every single one,” says Williams.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Mpumalanga to lead voter registration
Police search for mother of newborn baby boy found washed up at Gqeberha beach
19 September 2021, 11:11 AM
Police in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, are tracing the whereabouts of a woman whose newborn baby’s body was found washed ashore on Brighton Beach on Friday.
Police Spokesperson, Priscilla Naidu says people cleaning the beach noticed a colourful blanket washed up on the beach. On further inspection, it was discovered the body of a newborn baby boy.
A black refuse bag containing more blankets and a placenta also washed up with the baby. Police have opened an inquest docket.
They have requested anyone with information to contact SAPS Mount Road detectives on 041 3946523/6316, Crime Stop 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.
IEC will have a hard task of delivering ballot papers: IEMSA
19 September 2021, 10:15 AM
The Institute of Election Management Services in Africa (IEMSA) says going to the local government elections, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will face many challenges, including the distribution of ballot papers.
Executive chair of the IEMSA, Terry Tselane says generating ballot papers would be another hurdle for IEC given the time to do so.
“Here with local government elections, they got to distribute 4 500 distinct ballot papers to different wards and that on its own is going to be a challenge on its own given the disruptions that have already happened and the fact that they have limited time to do so,” says Tselane.
LGE 2021 | Voter registration weekend wrap-Day 1
IEC urges eligible voters to register for IDs and update their details online
It says the online system has received more than 200 000 applications since Thursday.
Over 23 000 voters’ registration stations around the country were opened from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The stations are also be opened on Sunday.
IEC Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo says they are expecting over 2 million people to register or update their details this weekend.
“We urge everybody to take advantage of it. Online will close at midnight on Monday. It’s a legal imperative. The voters roll closes on the date on which an election is called. In other words, for the purpose of that election, you are unable to register beyond the proclamation date,” says Mamabolo.